Egypt from 40,000 feet

On an Emirates A340 from Dubai to Nice in the early hours of yesterday seeing Egypt from the air was incredible. Viewing from a tiny porthole window in the door at the back of the plane though tricky was worth it. Flying over the ruggedness of the Sinai Peninsular as it approached the Red Sea – a deep blue (why is it called “Red”). Moments later the town of Suez came into view; it’s size was bigger than I had expected. The desert soon gave way to vegetation and the grey/green of fields on the banks of the life-giving Nile. Cairo was massive. The city sprawled for miles around; regrettably I was unable to spot the pyramids, although one of the air hostesses had a great view of them from the cockpit – shame the pilot didn’t think of switching on the nose cone camera to treat us all of this rare and wonderful vista? I was delighted to see Alexandria (the city of my birth) come into view; the Mediterranean lapping at it’s coastline. The Nile estuary wide and green; the blueness of the sea welcoming the Nile waters into it’s mass, absorbing it to become one with itself. To me it was a magical moment and one which I will cherish.

RLB – Tomewriter

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